How to Add “Time Tags” to Youtube Vids (so Viewers can Jump to Tagged Sections)

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It’s Super Easy to Create These Simple ‘Bookmarks’ so Viewers Can Pop to Different Sections of Your Video

After finishing and posting the first Flipped Educator Spotlight video, someone suggested that I add “bookmarks” to make it easy for viewers to consume the content, jumping to sections with topics they are interested in. Loved the idea, especially since the video is a bit long at about half an hour, but I had no idea how to do it.

I googled “creating bookmarks in youtube videos” and similar phrases, but really find what I was looking for (I later came up with the phrase “time tags” in my head, and found that searching on this finds useful resources). Anyway, I threw this idea out there while discussing new Spotlight videos with Kate Baker and Crystal Kirch, who will be fellow interviewers for this series, and Crystal explained that she thought you just put minute and second references (i.e. “1:34”) in the description text and these automatically become clickable links. She was absolutely right … it was just that easy (thanks Crystal)!

I explain and briefly illustrate this in this newest “3 Minute TOOL-torial”:

What a simple but excellent little technique. While we all know videos should be kept pretty short for flipped and blended learning, and this technique can still be useful with those, but if you do have to create a long video this is even more useful!

This is our 14th 3 Minute TOOL-torial. Check out all of our other TOOL-torials here!


  • Thank you so much for this! I have been trying to figure this out for myself to use with my students! I also tried searching many word combinations to figure out how to allow my students to jump forward to specific points in my created videos. Thank you!

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